For My Jerusalem, it's not merely about writing and performing songs, but imbuing them with atmosphere and taking the listener on a trip into a nocturnal setting where the most torrid and primitive emotions can flourish.
This is a scattershot documentary about live music in Austin, Texas, that features a lot of great material with local musicians, but bails out on its intriguing noise vs. neighbors premise early in the film.
Braids and Baths managed to transform the Mohawk stage into their own exhibitions of craft and skill, and it helped make the near record lows that had plagued central Texas leading up to the show a distant memory.
Fans are definitely on a first name basis with the modern-day improvisational troubadour. His laid-back vibe and amicable demeanor make him seem more like just another music fan than any kind of rock star.
String Cheese Incident percussionists Michael Travis and Jason Hann have been pushing the envelope of what electronic-oriented dance music can be with EOTO by mixing live sampling with organic instrumentation.
While it had been four years since the band last came to Austin, the Futureheads rewarded fans for waiting with a night of camaraderie, showmanship, and a performance that proved that you don’t have to change your sound to be a great rock band.
The Henry Clay People and Drive-By Truckers might seem like a bit of a mismatch at first glance, but both bands feature a high energy, guitar-driven sound and heartfelt vocals that strike a chord with the soul.
The deepest testament to the staying power of both the album and the band is the rabid crowd that greets the returning heroes at Emo's. From the opening notes of the album's title track and powerful opener, “Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)”, there's an electrifying vibe in the air that never fades during the band's lengthy set.